Monday, September 26, 2022

Triathlon in Wrightsville Beach to impact traffic this weekend

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — For 43 years, the annual YMCA Wrightsville Beach Triathlon has taken place on Harbor Island and throughout the Wilmington community. The 2022 race has over 800 people registered to participate.

The starting line is at the Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex on Causeway Drive at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Athletes will complete a 5K around The Loop on Wrightsville, a 1,350-yard swim in Banks Channel, and an 11.5-mile bike race from Harbor Island, down Oleander Drive and around Greenfield Loop Road, back to the island. Athletes are expected to finish at the muni complex by 10:30 a.m.

There will be several traffic delays both inland and on the mainland of Wrightsville Beach, due to the race. Police will direct athletes and drivers through lane and road closures, including:

  • Wrightsville Avenue
  • Hawthorn Drive
  • Pine Grove Drive
  • Oleander Drive (U.S. 76)
  • Airlie Road

The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages drivers to avoid impacted areas until after the race is over.  

Real-time travel info can be accessed here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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